Councillors support Foundation's appeal for compulsory purchase order for The Wynd in Letchworth
THE first step for a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation to take possession of every property in The Wynd moved closer last night. Councillors on North Herts District Council s Letchworth committee voted unanim
THE first step for a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation to take possession of every property in The Wynd moved closer last night.
Councillors on North Herts District Council's Letchworth committee voted unanimously to support the Foundation's appeal for a CPO when they met to discuss the application.
Their recommendation, that will allow the Foundation to have a trouble-free take over of the properties to continue that multi-million pound refurbishment of Letchworth GC town centre, will now go before the council's Cabinet and then full council on April 8 where it should be endorsed.
David Ames, a consultant for the Foundation, told councillors that a CPO formed the overall strategy of the Foundation's plans.
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"The Foundation is committed to the delivery of this scheme," said Mr Ames.
"Only three properties remain under consideration for relocation and the Foundation is in discussion with these tenants.
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"The Foundation feels the development can go ahead next year if a CPO is granted and this will hopefully coincide with the economic upturn."
Cllr Terry Hone told the meeting: "This scheme is vital for the future economic viability of Letchworth and we are on good grounds for moving this forward.